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Fight Night Program – Week of August 18-24

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The weekend is approaching, and from Friday to Sunday it will be “fight-o-clock” somewhere in the world. Every Thursday, The Ring will bring you the most up-to-date information on the most relevant fights you need to see in this week-at-a-glance, one-stop enhanced fight schedule. A quick checklist for the cognoscenti, a useful nuts-and-bolts guide for the boxing neophyte is what we’re aiming at.

Here are this week’s most relevant fights:

Friday, August 19 – Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Juan Carlos Camacho Jr. vs. Fernando Diaz – junior bantamweight – 10 rounds

Jose Martinez vs. Carlos Buitrago – junior featherweight – 8 rounds

An interesting chapter of the storied Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry. Diaz and Camacho will square off at the legendary Coliseo Roberto Clemente (home of some of the island’s most historic bouts) in a crossroads bout between two once-beaten prospects trying to further their career. And Martinez will try to get his mojo back after being iced by Aston Palicte in 2019 with a win over the still-dangerous former contender Buitrago, from Nicaragua. Not a bad way to kickstart the weekend.

Also on this card:

Pedro Marquez vs. Wilner Soto – featherweight – 8 rounds

Harold Laguna vs. Carlos Matos – lightweight – 6 rounds

Where to watch it: ProBox TV


Friday, August 19 – Club Carmeña, Carmen de Areco, Argentina

Marcelo Cóceres vs. Javier Maciel – light heavyweights – 10 rounds

Two battle-hardened veterans going at it for an opportunity to keep their careers alive? I’ll sign up for that every day of the week!

Where to watch it: TyCSportstPlay


Friday, August 19 – Los Mochis, Mexico

Manuel Gallegos vs. Jesus Moroyoqui – light heavyweight – 8 rounds

Jorge Lugo Cota vs. Jesus Antonio Rubio – junior welterweight – 8 rounds

Where to watch it: Canela TV


Friday, August 19 – Commerce Casino, Commerce, Calif.

Luis Feliciano vs. Alejandro Frias Rodriguez – junior welterweight – 8 rounds

Vlad Panin vs. Reggie Harris Jr. – welterweight – 8 rounds

Robin Safar vs. Antonio Brown – cruiserweight – 6 rounds

Nice little Friday card pitting a group of unbeaten, once-beaten and up-and-coming contenders packed in one little nice card.

Where to watch it: FiteTV


Friday, August 19 – Luzales Arena, Syktyvkar, Russia

Vladimir Nikitin vs. Ally Mwerangi – featherweight – 12 rounds

Not much info on this one. Just the curiosity of seeing how does an “Eurasian Boxing Parliament” belt looks like. Never seen one. Worth breaking the boycott on Russian products? Not sure either. You be the judge!

Where to watch it: RussiaMatchTV


Saturday, August 20 – Jeddah Superdome, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua – heavyweight – 12 rounds

Biggest fight of the week by a mile, and one of the biggest events of the year. Joshua already did regain his belts in dramatic fashion in Saudi Arabia after losing them against Andy Ruiz. Could he repeat his feat? Or will Usyk fly high once again to inspire the suffering people of his war-torn country with a great victory?

Filip Hrgovic vs. Zhang Zhilei – heavyweights – 12 rounds

The sheer size of these two guys makes for an interesting matchup. A stern test for both of them, with Croatia’s Hrgovic having the upper hand.

Also on this card:

Callum Smith vs. Mathieu Bauderlique – light heavyweight – 12 rounds

Badou Jack vs. Richard Rivera, 10 rounds, cruiserweight – 10 rounds

Ramla Ali vs. Crystal Garcia Nova – women’s junior featherweight – 8 rounds

Ben Whittaker vs. Petar Josic – light heavyweight – 6 rounds

Where to watch it: SkySports (UK), DAZN (elsewhere)


Saturday, August 20 – Pechanga Arena, San Diego

Emanuel Navarrete vs. Eduardo Baez – featherweight – 12 rounds

Navarrete’s WBO belt will be on the line for this old-school brawl that we expect to have here.

Giovani Santillan vs. Julio Luna – welterweight – 10 rounds

Santillan is a fun-to-watch up-and-comer, and this one will be a live one while it lasts.

Nico Ali Walsh vs. Reyes Sanchez – junior middleweight – 4 rounds

Muhammad Ali’s grandson is here to stay, and this four-rounder should serve as proof of his progress.

Also on this card:

Lindolfo Delgado vs. Omar Aguilar – junior welterweight – 8 rounds

Where to watch it: ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN+


Saturday, August 20 – Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Hollywood, Fla.  

Omar Figueroa Jr. vs. Sergey Lipinets – junior welterweight – 12 rounds

Don’t let Adrien Broner’s withdrawal from this match against Figueroa lead you into thinking that this will be the disappointment of the week. If anything, Broner proved (once again) that he himself is the real disappointment. Lipinets is a very live underdog in this one, and it should be awesome while it lasts.

The undercard hidden jewel: Well… almost all of them. Best undercard of the week, and we’re talking about a strong week too. Great matchups all around. Let’s see:

Alberto Puello vs. Batyr Akhmedov – junior welterweight – 12 rounds

Roger Gutierrez vs. Hector Garcia – junior lightweight – 12 rounds

Brandun Lee vs. Will Madera – junior welterweight – 10 rounds

Lenier Pero vs. Joel Caudle – heavyweight – 8 rounds

Fiodor Czerkaszyn vs. Gilbert Venegas Jr. – middleweight – 8 rounds

Rau’shee Warren vs. Francisco Portillo – bantamweight – 8 rounds

Where to watch it: Showtime


Saturday, August 20 – Omega Productions International, Corona, Calif.

Ruben Torres vs. Cristian Baez – lightweight – 10 rounds

Louis Lopez vs. Elias Diaz – welterweight – 8 rounds

Pedro Valencia vs. Adrian Corona – lightweight – 6 rounds

The freebie of the week could end up being one of the gems of the entire weekend! Lovely card featuring a slew of unbeaten and once-beaten young lions. Should be a good one!

Where to watch it: Thompson Boxing Facebook and YouTube


Saturday, August 20 – Atlantic City, N.J.

Thomas LaManna vs. Saul Roman – middleweight – 8 rounds

Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Frank Gonzalez – bantamweight – 8 rounds

Great names, former champs, solid contenders, nice little card for those in AJ this weekend.

Where to watch it: No TV for this one? Seriously??


Saturday, August 20 – Parque La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes, Argentina

Micaela Milagros Lujan vs. Irma Garcia – junior bantamweight – 10 rounds

This lovely little IBF title scrap headlines one of the first-ever all-women’s boxing cards in Argentina –and one of only a handful that have ever happened around the world. Keep’em coming!

Also on this card:

Jennifer Sabrina Meza vs. Roxana Ayelen Bermudez – junior bantamweight – 10 rounds

Aldana Lopez vs. Lucrecia Arrieta – junior bantamweight – 6 rounds

Where to watch it: TyCSportsPlay


Saturday, August 20 – The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington

Susie Ramadan vs. Tomoko Okuda – junior bantamweight – 8 rounds

The return of former champ and fan favorite Ramadan should be a fun scrap to watch.

Where to watch it: YouTube on Monday is your best bet here


Saturday, August 20 – Uncasville, Conn.

Cassius Chaney vs. Matt McKinney – heavyweight – 10 rounds

Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Dennis Ventura – heavyweight – 10 rounds

Where to watch it: BXNG TV


Saturday, August 20 – Cancha Ruben Zayas Montañez, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Elvis Figueroa vs. TBA – super middleweight – 8 rounds

Luis Lebron vs. Carlos Fontes – featherweight – 6 rounds

Showcase card for young Puerto Rican prospects in Tito Trinidad’s backyard. Too bad you need to be there to enjoy it!!


Sunday, August 21: Orlando, Fla.

Kenneth Sims Jr. vs. Christian Miño – junior welterweight – 10 rounds

Orestes Velazquez vs. Emiliano Martin Garcia – junior welterweight – 10 rounds

Where to watch it: Bally Sports Net